Anime Midwest With Friends

I have been going to anime conventions for nearly 10 years, I’ve done major conventions in my state, I’ve road tripped to other parts of the country for cons, and I’ve even thrown my hand in at working for cons. I may not be a convention expert, but I have experience. 

Anime Midwest is one of the few anime conventions I attended in the past year, others in the schedule being skipped to focus on work or family. Anime Midwest is the right combination of local and within my budget. This year it also was a perfect chance for me to spend time with friends. 

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ACen 2016 – An Outlook on Our Community’s Future

Deanne and I were riding in a shuttle bus to our hotel the first night of ACen 2016. We had gotten our badges, wandered around the vendor hall, and made plans to change outfits before heading back out for some panel sessions. We eagerly waited for our shuttle bus driver to pick us up.

Deanne and I were dressed fairly “normal” in comparison to many convention goers that day. Shortly after getting in the bus, we drove past many ACen attendees wearing various cosplays from their favorite anime and such. Almost immediately after seeing these cosplayers, the bus driver turns to us and says: “What scares me, is these kids will be running the country in 20 years.”

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Gary Con VIII

Gary Gygax–Gone but not forgotten

Gary Con is a unique convention completely devoted to table top gaming. Their website header boasts of being “one of the best kept secrets in gaming.” And it really is when you think of the fact that most Wisconsin residents don’t even know that Lake Geneva is where the magic that is Dungeons & Dragons began. Gary Con is aptly named for the Father of Role Playing Games, E. Gary Gygax. What began as a humble gathering of family and friends to play games in his honor following his March 4, 2008 passing has become quite the pilgrimage for gamers across the globe.

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Anime Weekend Atlanta Review

Anime Weekend Atlanta Review

Anime Weekend Atlanta Review

Anime Weekend Atlanta is a 4 day anime convention that takes place at the Cobb Galleria and Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, GA at the end of September, it consist of anime, manga, video games and, special guest from Japan. Since AWA turned 21 this year the theme was Vegas nights, everything from the badges, booklets, and decals with even anime inspired drinks.

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Mechacon

Mechacon

Mechacon

Mechacon 2015 was absolutely spectacular! It’s a 3 day convention that’s held in the summer, in New Orleans,LA. There were tons of special guest and things to do! From Scavenger and Droid Hunts to Cosplay Contest and panels. There were people from all walks of life gathered in unity with a common interest in geek culture. If you’re a fan of anime, Sci-fi, video games, comic books, art or whatever-you owe it to yourself to attend!

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Anime Blues Con 2015 Review

Anime Blues Con 2015 Review

Anime Blues Con 2015 Review

Anime Blues Con V was held this year at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in downtown, Memphis, Tennessee, from July 10th-­12th. Within walking distance of the historic Main Street district, the newly ­opened Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid, and the Sheraton Hotel, the location of the Cook Convention center offered convenience for con­goers on foot. Parking was plentiful and offered at various rates for full ­weekend and daily needs. Pre ­registered and VIP weekend passes were sold online, and daily badges were available for pickup at the registration desk. The weekend pass was the best offer for your money if you planed on attending all three days. Anime Blues Con had a record breaking attendance this year of over 4,000 people that showed just how much ABC has grown over the last 5 years. I was glad to see that con policies included a zero ­tolerance harassment policy, and an open ­door policy with Con Chair George Min for addressing any issues that arose.

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